Asa Butterfield is a British actor who started his acting career at a very young age. The first breakthrough of young talent was the lead role in the drama film «The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas». In a short time, he managed to collaborate with such outstanding directors as Martin Scorsese and Tim Burton. His name appeared on the list of the most promising young celebrities in Britain on a par with Tom Holland after the release of «Hugo», «Ender's Game» and «Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children».
Childhood and first roles
Asa Butterfield was born in London, the rainy capital of the United Kingdom. The boy was a middle child in the family of Sam Butterfield and Jacqueline Farr. Asa has an elder brother Morgan and a younger sister Lexie. The father of the family is an artist, designer and developer of mobile applications.
A very young Asa Butterfield and his father
His childhood couldn't be called ordinary, because a talented and sweet boy attracted directors' attention and began to act in films from a young age.
Asa Butterfield with elder brother and newborn sister
Asa was always interested in acting, theater and various performances. His preferences and abilities were noticed not only by his parents, but also by his teachers. In primary school, the boy became a permanent member of the Young Actors Theatre Islington and started acting at the age of 7.
At the age of 9, Asa made his television debut. In 2006, he got the first role in the drama «After Thomas», telling the story of a complex and heartwarming relationship between parents, an autistic child and his dog.
Young actor Asa conquered the hearts of hundreds of thousands of spectators
In the following year, Butterfield participated in a new project - the film «Son of Rambow». The boy played the role of the narrator Brethren, who tells about two friends decided to make the sequel to the legendary film «First Blood» using a conventional video camera.
A scene from «Son of Rambow»
The year 2008 was a turning point in the career of the young actor, when Mark Herman invited Asa to play the lead role in the drama «The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas»
«The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas» – a sensational film with Asa Butterfield
Butterfield showed his acting abilities in this film. He played the role of a trusting and sweet boy Bruno - the son of Nazi commandant, who witnessed the life of Jews in a concentration camp. This child looked at the world through sincere, naive eyes; he was not afraid of a concentration camp, because he didn’t understand the boundless horror of what was happening in it. Bruno found a friend among the prisoners in the camp – the boy Shmuel.
Boy in strip pajamas. Trailer
Asa Butterfield’s acting was highly acclaimed by critics and won the hearts of spectators. He was nominated for the British Independent Film Awards as the most promising newcomer for the role of Bruno.
The ending of the film makes an indelible impression
Due to his stunning success, Asa received numerous invitations from the most talented directors. In 2008, the young actor starred in the series «Merlin», playing the role of druid Mordred, a mysterious silent young man, communicating with other wizards through telepathy.
Asa Butterfield as Mordred («Merlin»)
In 2010, Butterfield got the role of young Ben Talbot in the horror film «The Wolfman» (remake of the 1941 film). Unfortunately, critics didn’t appreciate very much this film, but it was a big hit among fans of this genre. In the same year, the talented actor starred in another film project - the comedy «Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang». Asa coped brilliantly with the role of Norman, the eldest son of the Green family.
A scene from «Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang»
In 2011, Butterfield has been offered the lead role in the adventure film «Hugo». The film was directed by the brilliant Martin Scorsese. Asa appeared in the image of a reasonable and charming boy, Hugo Cabret, who had to solve the important mystery of his father's inheritance and to go on an adventure full of dangers and new discoveries.
Hugo: Asa Butterfield Interview
The film won numerous awards, including the Golden Globe. It was also nominated for an Oscar in 11 categories, eventually receiving five deserved statuettes, mostly for visual design.
A science fiction film «Ender's Game», in which Asa played the title role, was released in 2013. His character, Ender Wiggin, was chosen for training in a strict military school. The guy, together with Harrison Ford, was to lead a powerful army and free the planet from aliens.
Asa Butterfield played a brilliant commander in «Ender's Game»
In 2014, Butterfield starred as Nathan in the drama film «X+Y». In the following year, the actor appeared in two films: «The White Circus», where he was playing the role of the pilot, and «Ten Thousand Saints», in which actor got the role of Jude, the young guy who tries to establish relations with his father, get through the death of drug-addicted friend and help the pregnant girl of the deceased to cope with the situation.
Asa Butterfield in «Ten Thousand Saints»
In 2016, the young actor starred in fantasy film «Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children» by Tim Burton.
Personal life of Asa Butterfield
Asa Butterfield has been in a relationship with his colleague Ella Purnell while filming in Tim Burton’s flick. The actors loudly declared about mutual love, and then announced their breakup to mislead the journalists.
The affair of Asa Butterfield and Ella Purnell was a fake
Also there were rumors that the young actor was not indifferent to the young Hailee Steinfeld, but this information was not confirmed.
Asa Butterfield and Hailee Steinfeld on the set of «Ender's Game»
Asa has begun to act in films since school years and therefore he haven't got enough time for personal life. The guy was always fond of reading, like most of his peers and playing with pleasure computer games, as well as squash. Butterfield learned to play the piano, drums and sings well.
He has cats in his house - their pics he often shares on Instagram profile.
Asa Butterfield now
One of the most anticipated films of the year - «Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children» was released in autumn 2016. The plot of the film was based on the novel of the same name by Ransom Riggs. Director Tim Burton selected for this project the most eccentric actors: Asa Butterfield, Ella Purnell, Eva Green, Allison Janney, Samuel L. Jackson. Asa played one of the lead roles - Jacob Portman - a guy who has the ability to feel, to see and even to talk to the hollows.
«Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children»: Asa Butterfield as Jacob Portman
The premiere of the film «The Space Between Us» by Peter Chelsom was scheduled for 2016. Asa Butterfield's character was back in the spotlight in this project. His character, Gardner Elliot, was the first human born on Mars. His mother died in childbirth and the boy was raised by 14 colonists. But after correspondence with a girl from Colorado, Gardner decides to visit Earth. Britt Robertson "Tomorrowland" star also appeared in the film.
Asa Butterfield starring with Britt Robinson (Space Between Us)